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Six Climbers Perish on Mt. Rainier

First six climbers went missing on Mt. Rainier on Wednesday night. By Saturday we knew the names and the sad truth. They died somewhere  at the bottom of Carbon River Glacier. Did they slip? Did a rockslide wash over them? We may never know exactly. For now, conditions on the glacier are so deadly that rescuers can't even search for the bodies. Check out the slideshow below. I'll update as events unfold.
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Oscar Pistorius: Abusive Boyfriend, Fallen Hero?

By Candace Dempsey, author of Murder in Italy, the true story of Amanda Knox. 

Who's famed South African sprinter Oscar "Blade Runner" Pistorius really? Did the Olympic athlete shoot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp because he mistook her for an intruder, right before Valentine's Day? Did that gun just go off 4 times? African psychologist Leonard L. Carr's trial tweets illuminate Oscar's week on the stand.
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Yellowstone Bison: Mensa Material?

By Candace Dempsey, author of Murder in Italy, the true story of Amanda Knox. 

Yes, I, too, want to believe Yellowstone's bison are Cassandras able to predict natural disasters way ahead of scientists. That they know just when to get the hell out of Dodge. But I couldn't help laughing--and being skeptical--when Britain's Independent newspaper went crazy on Twitter tonight: Animals are fleeing Yellowstone Park in vast numbers, sparking fears a super volcano may erupt. 

Like much of the Twitterverse, the Guardian fell for the "ALERT! Yellowstone Buffalo Running for Their Lives!"video that went viral right around April Fool's Day (Yes, should've been a clue.). Said video claims to show the mammoth beasts thundering out of the snow-driven park in droves, sensing doom. A massive earthquake, maybe. A volcano erupting under the hot springs and fumaroles.

Having worked in Yellowstone National Park one enchanted summer, I tried to suspend disbelief (if they're so smart, how come they nearly went extinct?). Then some spoilsport scientist told the Christian Science Monitor  that bison are migratory. They often leave the park, looking for green things to chow down. To add insult to injury:

Park officials have noted that these two dozen or so bison are actually running deeper into the park, not away from it. In fact, many of Yellowstone's 4,600 bison are outside the park right now.Why? Not because of Sunday's 4.8-magnitude earthquake, which was Yellowstone's biggest quake in decades but is still just one of the 1,000 to 3,000 temblors the park sees each year. 

Why did the bison cross the road? They were hungry. Sometimes real life isn't stranger than fiction.
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Passion Will Get You Up a Mountain (Video).

By Candace Dempsey, author of Murder in Italy, the true story of Amanda Knox. 
 
Rain, snow, ice, smoldering heat, altitude sickness, not to mention bugs. Some days the sun shines on a mountain. More often, it tests courage. What gets you up where you belong?  Curiosity. A love of the outdoors.

I needed inspiration on this gray day, down here at sea level in beautiful Seattle. Outside's "Passion: The Days You Need It Most" cured my blues. Try it. 
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